A West Midlands Police officer has been dismissed following a misconduct hearing for providing dishonest accounts after the death of Kingsley Burrell. Breaches of honesty and integrity, and duties and responsibilities, were found proven at gross misconduct level against PC Paul Adey.
The misconduct panel cleared the same officer and two other police constables of using excessive force prior to the death of 29-year-old father-of-three Mr Burrell from Walsall. The two other constables were also cleared of honesty and integrity allegations.
He had been sectioned under the Mental Health Act on 27 March 2011 and transferred to hospital three days later after police were called to a disturbance at the secure unit involving the 29-year-old.
Today the Mental Health (Use of Force) Bill has received Royal Assent in Parliament, eight years after the death of Seni Lewis for whom it is intended as a lasting legacy. Known as Seni’s Law, the Bill will increase protections and oversight on use of force in mental health settings.
The Private Members Bill brought by Steve Reed MP is named after Olaseni ‘Seni’ Lewis, a 23 year old IT graduate who died as a result of prolonged restraint by police officers whilst a voluntary inpatient at Bethlem Royal Hospital, Croydon in 2010.
Steve Reed MP has worked closely with the family of Seni Lewis, who are constituents of Croydon North. He worked on this Bill with the family’s lawyer Raju Bhatt, INQUEST, and a coalition of NGOs including Agenda , Article 39, Mind, Rethink and YoungMinds.
A specialist emergency response unit which offers immediate assessments to suspected mental health sufferers in the West Midlands has been recognised internationally – after counterparts from Australia visited the region to learn about best practice.
The Mental Health Triage scheme sees West Midlands Police officers joined by psychiatric nurses and paramedics to attend calls from people who are believed to be suffering from mental ill health.
The successful police and NHS partnership means patients get on-the-spot assessments at their home or on the street and can be taken to safe health facilities for the support they need rather than held in police custody.